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Recently, The Fly Guys had the opportunity to head over to La Salle Academy for the MTV2 Presents: “Band of Ballers” Celebrity Basketball Tournament here in New York City.

Converse’s signature three-on-three basketball tournament that combines music and basketball, the event was hosted by MTV’s Sway and basketball and sneaker guru, Bobbito Garcia who provided play-by-play commentary. Courtside correspondent “Greg the Puppet” reported from the sidelines and DJ D-Nice provided beats all day long.

Teams were comprised of high-profile musicians and up-and-coming artists who competed in the day-long tournament to win the coveted Converse Band of Ballers “Golden Speaker Trophy”. The winner of the tournament will be revealed in an on-air special on MTV2 to air in mid-August.

We also sat along with other press cohorts to speak with the celeb’s and some of their teams. First up, Jim Jones + Jones Family (Reigning 2009 and 2010 champs).

Chiddy Bang + Team Swell

Matt and Kim + Brooklyn – also playing, Donald Glover. They were hilarious! Good Times.

YMCMB – also playing, Lil Twist, Cory Gunz

More pics below…

About Converse Band of Ballers

Converse Band of Ballers is the ultimate fusion of basketball and music. A 3-on-3 round robin basketball tournament held in a gymnasium with teams comprised of musical artists, each team wears the latest Converse performance footwear and custom apparel. The event includes a DJ and an emcee providing ongoing commentary during the games. The winning team of the tournament receives bragging rights and their name engraved on the Converse Band of Ballers “Golden Speaker Trophy”. Converse hosted the first-ever Band of Ballers tournament in New York City in August 2009 to celebrate the launch of the Weapon Evo basketball shoe amongst basketball and music fans alike. The inaugural tournament garnered Jim Jones and The Jones Family their first-ever Band of Ballers title. The second Band of Ballers tournament was held in Atlanta, GA. and returning winners Jim Jones and The Jones Family retained their title as the Band of Ballers reigning champions.

About Converse

Converse Inc., based in N. Andover, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including premium lifestyle men’s and women’s footwear and apparel. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 58 company-owned retail locations in the U.S. For more information, visit Converse on the web at

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